In my senior year, one of our English projects was to write a sermonette. These sermons, about 2-3 pages, were spoken in class then collected into a devotional book. As getting ideas for blogging constantly is difficult, I decided to go through this devotional and write a post about some of the ideas that come up in each of them, with some of my input added.
Andrew starts off by talking about how loving our neighbors is so ingrained in our head from Sunday school, that the term comes out second nature. But the thing is that we don’t understand what it means. Loving your neighbor is not loving your good neighbor, but even “that lady behind the counter in the coffee shop who just messed up your order.” We become so focused on caring for ourselves before others, that we never get around to it. To really understand loving our neighbors, we must look at Jesus who loved people “not only because he genuinely cared for them, but also because it glorified His Father in Heaven.”
Loving people isn’t easy, but it is an important command. It follows the first command of “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength” and on these two commands hang the law and the prophets. Andrew goes on to give examples of things we can and need to do to love people, putting others’ priorities before our own, washing their feet, serving them. Although it is hard to love another person as we love ourselves, we need to learn to Live in Love (sound familiar?).
Andrew’s devotional, as with all the other ones, is deep, yet different in its simplicity. It gives simple ways to follow out the command, like smiling at people, giving complements, etc. You don’t need to dive deep into theology to know about loving people. Though Andrew’s devotional also has incredible depth. That we miss out on so much by not following the second command, which is two parts, it huge. The law and the prophets hang on the two commands. We discussed the Law today in Torrey, and you can read a past post of mine about it here. The Law was more than a set of rules, it was the thing that provided a way to have a relationship with God. Christ fulfills the Law once and for all, and he is the one who gives this command. The one who mediates the relationship between man and God gives this command. Out from the Old Law, which is still a thing today, but completed, comes these two commands that are the pivotal point of obedience. These are our callings. These are our purposes.